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Father Fox's Pennyrhymes

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First published in 1971, this spirited description of a year in the life of the Fox family is told by Father Fox. An ALA Notable Children's Book of the Year for 2001 and a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1971)
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Lots of fun, quirky rhymes with detailed illustrations. My two-year-old's favorite is, of course,
"Dilly, Dilly, Picalilli, tell me something very silly.
Well, there was a chap, his name was Bert, he ate the buttons off his shirt."

He repeats it a lot. And then falls over giggling and saying,"That's silly!"

We have a songbook that goes with it: Father Fox's Feast Of Songs
Hannah Givens
Jul 22, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
Funny, folk-y poems, but the pictures really bring the whole thing together. They provide the context for the poems Father Fox tells, and add visual humor. It's great!

The poems don't all have the same rhythm, so that's something to be aware of if you plan to read it aloud.
Sep 08, 2013 Zabrina rated it really liked it
I love this book! The drawings are so engaging and the poems are memorable. It made me wish I had grown up in some small town in New England. When I was younger I would try to find other books by Clyde and Wendy Watson, but I didn't often come across them. I should try inter-library loans now that it is so easy to search.... It used to bother me that there wasn't a clear connection between the poems. The works are set between the framework of a father telling stories to his kids. As an adult I a ...more
It's very silly, but I think kids that enjoy rhyming poetry will get a kick out of it.
Oct 27, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
I love the old fashioned backwoods style pictures as well as the fun, silly poetry. Toddlers and beginning readers alike will love this book!
Feb 13, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Cute lil' rhymes with fun illustrations. Everything flows fun off the tongue. I can see little ones getting a kick out of it. I was shaking my head though at the illustration of the little fox girl saying, "I'm going to marry a rich farmer." But, that does come from it's time, 1971.
Jun 13, 2007 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dilly dilly picalilly. Tell me something very silly.
There was a chap, his name was Bert. He ate the buttons off his shirt.

Silly Bert.
Oct 01, 2008 Jo rated it really liked it
I grew up with this book, and the rhymes still pop into my head. Don't you wish life was still that simple?
Jun 19, 2015 Suzy rated it it was amazing
Awesome poems in the style of Mother Goose. This is a great read-aloud for very young children.
Jan 08, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
formative childhood favorite....maybe the best ever.
Aug 06, 2007 Missquiss rated it it was amazing
Miss Quiss comes from this book. I loved it so much!
Sep 12, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Adorable illustrations and giggle inducing rhymes
Jan 07, 2009 Babs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: treasures
most sacred book of childhood
Jan 30, 2010 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
an old favorite.
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Clyde Watson is a children's book author. She is the daughter of Nancy Dingman Watson and Aldren A. Watson and the sister of Wendy Watson.
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